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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“The Catholic Church has a dignity far surpassing that of every merely human society, for it was founded by Christ the Lord. It is altogether fitting, therefore, that the language it uses should be noble, majestic, and non-vernacular.”
— Blessed John XXIII (22 February 1962)

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On the Lighter Side – Old Hag’s Shopping Woes
published 7 June 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

In spite of my well-known espousal of simplicity of life even for lay people, especially widows who don’t have husbands to please, occasionally even I have to go out and replace garments that I can’t clean or that are full of holes (I’m not ready yet to darn holes in a dress that cost me $1.50 at the Thrift shop). Garments worn by housewives allowed to become dirty or hole-y are called in Yiddish by the word schmatta, which means rags. As in “Come over, sweetie, but don’t mind that I am in my schmatta.”

So last week ye old hag sauntered out to comb the Salvation Army first and Target as a default for some nifty new clothes, my style.

Lots of funny insights came from this trip. Did you know that on the racks of thousands of clothes, dresses are the smallest rack because most women wear pants or shorts? Did you know that there are rarely any second hand bathing suits with skirts? Did you know that blue is an “out” color so that looking for old blue shirts to wear with my blue denim jumper widow outfits doesn’t come up with much choice?

Sadly I drove away from the Salvation Army to Target. On the way to Target was one of those slightly better than Target dress shops. I entered to enquire about bathing suits with skirts or those crepe colorful dresses so popular 30 years ago from Mexico or Hawaii called Mumus. Since my dedicated widow outfit is the denim jumper, these colorful dresses would be for house wear if I could find them. The clerks, in this slightly better than Target store, viewed me with a baneful stare and extending their palms to guide me back out the door said “We have NOTHING like what you want.” Of course I interpreted this to really mean “Get out old hag, we don’t want you hanging around to lower the tone of our boutique.”

At Target, of the thousands of garments including delightful long jaggedy hemmed flowy SEE THROUGH dresses for $15 or so, there were no bathing suits with skirts. When I tearfully approached the clerk she guided me to maternity…No Asian Indian white crepey blouses so easy to wash and dry, no Mumus…

So now I am wearing as a schmatta an old above the knee nighty of my daughter’s hoping no one visits unexpectedly.

It reminds me of a saying of Gandhi: “no one can ever estimate the time and expense it has taken my followers to keep me in poverty.”

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